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Man Accuses Mormon Church of Shielding Sex Abuser

Man Accuses Mormon Church of Shielding Sex Abuser

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SEATTLE (AP) -- A Washington state man is suing the Mormon church, alleging it shielded a child molester for more than a decade while he victimized at least five other children.

Forty-two-year-old Ken Fleming says he brought the case against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because he wants to hold officials accountable after several families reported a man had molested their children.

That man was allegedly Jack Loholt, the leader of a church-sponsored Boy Scout troop.

Fleming, an office administrator at a local sand and gravel company, told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that Loholt abused him hundreds of times between 1976 and 1980.

Lawyers representing the church said earlier this week that they haven't yet investigated the claims but will vigorously contest them.

Loholt says he's been "set up" by Fleming, whose suit was filed Monday in King County Superior Court.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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